La Belle Etoile Campsite ( South of the town Melun) France, to Pont Sur Yonne, France

Day 10. Ride to the Rock. The Ansell stage of Ride to the Rock for Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Before I headed to bed I ordered 2 fresh croissants from Yvonne at the campsite, this was a great way to start my day. What a treat to be able to order these from the campsite. They collect these fresh from the bakery.

A quick stop off for un long cafe and a cake from the Patisserie – a couple miles from the campsite. Good cycling fuel. Tasty too.

We are starting to climb more as the days go. I stopped to take this picture of my reward for reaching the summit of a long and slow climb. My legs are becoming a lot more strong.

There are long downhills too.

This will be the form as we head east towards the Jura Mountains and our first really big day on day challenge.

Kamoot took us on some really difficult underfoot terrain today – huge pot holed unkempt pathways. The route was overgrown with grasses and insects spilling out as we disturbed their sleep.

We cycled through small villages lined with table topped boot sale goods. We were greeted by locals waving, saying Bonjour and likewise we said Bonjour back. Very friendly.

Eventually we found Napoleon in Montreal-Fault-Yonne, we sat on a bench next to his statue and had lunch.

This was by the river and there was a sprinkling of rain.

A little more climbing and eventually we arrived into Pont Sur Yonne. Here we made some pasta and ate this overlooking the river Yonne. We had a stroll through the small town and bought some locally bottled region wine. Some locals sat outside eating, drinking and enjoying their Sunday.

Time for some sleep.

Shattered.

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